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2020-08-20 2:53:50 PM  
But what you don't get is a working link.
 
2020-08-20 3:25:54 PM  
I guess i shouldnt be surprised to see Israel and UAE on that list, but i thought they were our allies......?
 
2020-08-20 3:40:36 PM  
Weirdest game of Civilization ever.

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2020-08-20 7:15:59 PM  

raerae1980: I guess i shouldnt be surprised to see Israel and UAE on that list, but i thought they were our allies......?


To paraphraze Henry Kissinger, countries don't havae friends, they have interests.

Besides, it sounds like Netanyahu's man was working on behalf of Netanyahu, not necessarily on behalf of Israel, and likely UAE's head has his own personal stake that's not necessarily the same as UAE's interests.
 
2020-08-20 7:31:02 PM  

TWX: raerae1980: I guess i shouldnt be surprised to see Israel and UAE on that list, but i thought they were our allies......?

To paraphraze Henry Kissinger, countries don't havae friends, they have interests.

Besides, it sounds like Netanyahu's man was working on behalf of Netanyahu, not necessarily on behalf of Israel, and likely UAE's head has his own personal stake that's not necessarily the same as UAE's interests.


Kissinger should have been hanged decades ago, so fark whatever he says.
 
2020-08-20 7:31:50 PM  
So Qanon was right and Oprah was behind everything.  Thanks, Subby.
 
2020-08-20 7:31:56 PM  

TWX: raerae1980: I guess i shouldnt be surprised to see Israel and UAE on that list, but i thought they were our allies......?

To paraphraze Henry Kissinger, countries don't havae friends, they have interests.

Besides, it sounds like Netanyahu's man was working on behalf of Netanyahu, not necessarily on behalf of Israel, and likely UAE's head has his own personal stake that's not necessarily the same as UAE's interests.


I feel like it's a typo, but is "havae" some racist Yiddish joke?
 
2020-08-20 7:32:31 PM  
The two sources for this thread are the nearly 1,000-page SSCI Report-so vast and detailed that its pages will be "breaking news" for weeks, as no one has digested it yet-and the NYT bestseller on Trump's Middle East foreign policy, Proof of Conspiracy (Macmillan, 2019).

Actually, the findings section at the beginning contains most of the juicy bits and is a pretty short read that everyone should take a look at.
 
2020-08-20 7:34:05 PM  
I hope you'll read and RETWEET this historic narrative.

Oh, shut up.
 
2020-08-20 7:36:07 PM  
It offered some core facts-but mis-synthesized them because it was missing information. I'll add it here.

Ok, then I don't need to read your thread how the report proves anything if you are just going to throw in missing information to conform to your narrative. It is like reading a Qanon thread.
 
2020-08-20 7:36:35 PM  
Is this trickle down collusion?  Cause I've been patiently waiting for some collusion.
 
2020-08-20 7:38:38 PM  

thatboyoverthere: TWX: raerae1980: I guess i shouldnt be surprised to see Israel and UAE on that list, but i thought they were our allies......?

To paraphraze Henry Kissinger, countries don't havae friends, they have interests.

Besides, it sounds like Netanyahu's man was working on behalf of Netanyahu, not necessarily on behalf of Israel, and likely UAE's head has his own personal stake that's not necessarily the same as UAE's interests.

Kissinger should have been hanged decades ago, so fark whatever he says.


Don't hate the player. Hate the game.
 
2020-08-20 7:39:49 PM  
I got a rock (Palestine).
 
2020-08-20 7:40:05 PM  
I ❤ Seth Abramson.

/that is all.
 
2020-08-20 7:41:29 PM  

Resin33: I hope you'll read and RETWEET this historic narrative.

Oh, shut up.


Did you smash your radio out of respect for the newspaper?
 
2020-08-20 7:43:35 PM  
I love the term "get whole with," it's so much fancier than accepted bribes from foreign agents and the deed is due.

Crazy farking times we live in, and nobody is going to stop these farks. If they had this much swing four years ago should we expect less farkery after Trump's been in power for four years?
 
2020-08-20 7:44:23 PM  
Waiting on Louise Mensch's take.  She's more creative.
 
2020-08-20 7:44:41 PM  

Resin33: It offered some core facts-but mis-synthesized them because it was missing information. I'll add it here.

Ok, then I don't need to read your thread how the report proves anything if you are just going to throw in missing information to conform to your narrative. It is like reading a Qanon thread.


I was thinking the same thing. I mean, maybe he's right, and maybe he ain't, but I didn't see any citations, and he's just a writer. It's not like he has any national security or foreign intelligence analysis background.

In short: his blog sucks, read the SSIS intro, nothing else is conclusive at this point. That being said, we all have a pretty good idea that Putin owns Hair Furor, and there was definitely some kind of collusion going on.
 
2020-08-20 7:45:10 PM  

dodecahedron: But what you don't get is a working link.


Why does this guy


Insist on reporting only

Thru Twitter,

Even when he

Has a story long enough

To post in a readable

Traditional

Format?
 
2020-08-20 7:46:26 PM  

snowjack: Resin33: It offered some core facts-but mis-synthesized them because it was missing information. I'll add it here.

Ok, then I don't need to read your thread how the report proves anything if you are just going to throw in missing information to conform to your narrative. It is like reading a Qanon thread.

I was thinking the same thing. I mean, maybe he's right, and maybe he ain't, but I didn't see any citations, and he's just a writer. It's not like he has any national security or foreign intelligence analysis background.

In short: his blog sucks, read the SSIS intro, nothing else is conclusive at this point. That being said, we all have a pretty good idea that Putin owns Hair Furor, and there was definitely some kind of collusion going on.


s/SSIS/SSCI/
 
2020-08-20 7:47:04 PM  

raerae1980: I guess i shouldnt be surprised to see Israel and UAE on that list, but i thought they were our allies......?


You thought wrong. They're currently using the GOP (Also, in Israel's case, white guilt) to cover up their bullshiat, and have been officially listed as "allies", but along with the Saudis, they haven't been trustworthy for at least the last 20 years.
 
2020-08-20 7:49:16 PM  

Mikey1969: dodecahedron: But what you don't get is a working link.

Why does this guy


Insist on reporting only

Thru Twitter,

Even when he

Has a story long enough

To post in a readable

Traditional

Format?


American's notoriously short atten
 
2020-08-20 7:49:26 PM  

Mugato: Weirdest game of Civilization ever.

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Civpolitics sub on Reddit. Uses notifications from the game to address current events.

Not sure what this one would be...

"Russia and Saudi Arabia have entered into a trade deal. -20 gold per turn for 5 turns."

Something like that.
 
2020-08-20 7:49:29 PM  
Potato is only dream (Latvia).
 
2020-08-20 7:50:01 PM  

fsbilly: thatboyoverthere: TWX: raerae1980: I guess i shouldnt be surprised to see Israel and UAE on that list, but i thought they were our allies......?

To paraphraze Henry Kissinger, countries don't havae friends, they have interests.

Besides, it sounds like Netanyahu's man was working on behalf of Netanyahu, not necessarily on behalf of Israel, and likely UAE's head has his own personal stake that's not necessarily the same as UAE's interests.

Kissinger should have been hanged decades ago, so fark whatever he says.

Don't hate the player. Hate the game.


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2020-08-20 7:51:15 PM  
And I thought they'd cancelled the Superconducting Supercolluder.
 
2020-08-20 7:58:20 PM  

snowjack: Resin33: It offered some core facts-but mis-synthesized them because it was missing information. I'll add it here.

Ok, then I don't need to read your thread how the report proves anything if you are just going to throw in missing information to conform to your narrative. It is like reading a Qanon thread.

I was thinking the same thing. I mean, maybe he's right, and maybe he ain't, but I didn't see any citations, and he's just a writer. It's not like he has any national security or foreign intelligence analysis background.

In short: his blog sucks, read the SSIS intro, nothing else is conclusive at this point. That being said, we all have a pretty good idea that Putin owns Hair Furor, and there was definitely some kind of collusion going on.


Oh, but Fark absolutely slobbers all over his dick, no matter what he tweets, so this is what we get.
 
2020-08-20 8:00:25 PM  
This reads like something Hercule Poirot would say after he's found the murderer.
 
2020-08-20 8:02:05 PM  

thatboyoverthere: TWX: raerae1980: I guess i shouldnt be surprised to see Israel and UAE on that list, but i thought they were our allies......?

To paraphraze Henry Kissinger, countries don't havae friends, they have interests.

Besides, it sounds like Netanyahu's man was working on behalf of Netanyahu, not necessarily on behalf of Israel, and likely UAE's head has his own personal stake that's not necessarily the same as UAE's interests.

Kissinger should have been hanged decades ago, so fark whatever he says.


Yeah, he sure should have, but he's generally not wrong about that.

Allies have interests of their own.
 
2020-08-20 8:03:57 PM  
Just about every butthole regime and dictorship around the world wants to help Trump cling onto power, for the obvious reasons.
 
TWX [TotalFark]
2020-08-20 8:04:25 PM  

BlazeTrailer: TWX: raerae1980: I guess i shouldnt be surprised to see Israel and UAE on that list, but i thought they were our allies......?

To paraphraze Henry Kissinger, countries don't havae friends, they have interests.

Besides, it sounds like Netanyahu's man was working on behalf of Netanyahu, not necessarily on behalf of Israel, and likely UAE's head has his own personal stake that's not necessarily the same as UAE's interests.

I feel like it's a typo, but is "havae" some racist Yiddish joke?


Mrerely a typo.
 
2020-08-20 8:04:50 PM  

thatboyoverthere: TWX: raerae1980: I guess i shouldnt be surprised to see Israel and UAE on that list, but i thought they were our allies......?

To paraphraze Henry Kissinger, countries don't havae friends, they have interests.

Besides, it sounds like Netanyahu's man was working on behalf of Netanyahu, not necessarily on behalf of Israel, and likely UAE's head has his own personal stake that's not necessarily the same as UAE's interests.

Kissinger should have been hanged decades ago, so fark whatever he says.


Hang him, for sure, but his insights regarding international relations shouldn't be discounted.
 
TWX [TotalFark]
2020-08-20 8:07:41 PM  

Mikey1969: dodecahedron: But what you don't get is a working link.

Why does this guy


Insist on reporting only

Thru Twitter,

Even when he

Has a story long enough

To post in a readable

Traditional

Format?


Burma Shave.
 
2020-08-20 8:08:03 PM  

raerae1980: I guess i shouldnt be surprised to see Israel and UAE on that list, but i thought they were our allies......?


lol, they own politicians just like SA does, so i guess that makes us Allies
 
2020-08-20 8:10:42 PM  

TWX: BlazeTrailer: TWX: raerae1980: I guess i shouldnt be surprised to see Israel and UAE on that list, but i thought they were our allies......?

To paraphraze Henry Kissinger, countries don't havae friends, they have interests.

Besides, it sounds like Netanyahu's man was working on behalf of Netanyahu, not necessarily on behalf of Israel, and likely UAE's head has his own personal stake that's not necessarily the same as UAE's interests.

I feel like it's a typo, but is "havae" some racist Yiddish joke?

Mrerely a typo.


Uh huh....iiiii'm onto you
 
2020-08-20 8:16:30 PM  

raerae1980: I guess i shouldnt be surprised to see Israel and UAE on that list, but i thought they were our allies......?


They are our allies in that they maintain diplomatic relations with us primarily in order to use us to further their interests and give them outsized power on the world stage. I don't really see how the US has gotten much more than constant grief by backing them.
 
2020-08-20 8:17:53 PM  

Mugato: Weirdest game of Civilization ever.

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Where are exploding IEDs when you need them? A world without Putin and the saudi royal family would be a better world.
 
2020-08-20 8:24:21 PM  
Toward the end of the SSCI vol 5, there are some interesting tidbits that show just how disconnected from reality the Republicans are. I mean, I guess it depends what their definition of collusion is, but I think the Republicans might need to check with Merriam-Webster again on that one.

In the section titled, "ADDITIONAL VIEWS OF SENATORS RISCH, RUBIO, BLUNT, COTTON, CORNYN, AND SASSE":

Volume 5 exhaustively reviews the counterintelligence threats and vulnerabilities to the 2016 election, but never explicitly states the critical fact: the Committee found no evidence that then-candidate Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russian government in its efforts to meddle in the election.
...
Volume 5 is an important contribution to the historical record from which historians will someday draw. As is evident to those who read all five volumes of the Committee's report, the Russian government inappropriately meddled in our 2016 general election in many ways but then-Candidate Trump was not complicit. After more than three years of investigation by this Committee, we can now say with no doubt, there was no collusion.


Then from the section titled, "ADDITIONAL VIEWS OF SENATORS HEINRICH, FEINSTEIN, WYDEN, HARRIS, AND BENNET":

The Committee's bipartisan Report unambiguously shows that members of the Trump Campaign cooperated with Russian efforts to get Trump elected. It recounts efforts by Trump and his team to obtain dirt on their opponent from operatives acting on behalf of the Russian government. It reveals the extraordinary lengths by which Trump and his associates actively_sought to enable the Russian interference operation by amplifying its electoral impact and rewarding its perpetrators - even after being warned of its Russian origins. And it presents, for the first time, concerning evidence that the head of the Trump Campaign was directly connected to the Russian meddling through his communications with an individual found to be a Russian intelligence officer.
...
The Committee's bipartisan Report found that Paul Manafort, while he was Chairman of the Trump Campaign, was secretly communicating with a Russian intelligence officer with whom he discussed Campaign strategy and repeatedly shared internal Campaign polling data. This took place while the Russian intelligence operation to assist Trump was ongoing. Further, Manafort took steps to hide these communications and repeatedly lied to federal investigators, and his deputy on the Campaign destroyed evidence of communications with the Russian intelligence officer. The Committee obtained some information suggesting that the Russian intelligence officer, with whom Manafort had a longstanding relationship, may have been connected to the GRU's hack-and-leak operation targeting the 2016 U.S. election. This is what collusion looks like.

The Committee's bipartisan Report found that a member of the Trump Campaign's foreign policy advisory team was provided with advance notice of the Russian plot to anonymously release hacked emails that would damage Trump's opponent, and the Report found that it is implausible that this information was. not passed to the Campaign. The advance notice of a forthcoming covert Russian intervention on Trump's behalf came from an individual linked to the Russian government, and took place in April 2016, prior to any public awareness of the Russian meddling effort. No authorities were notified.

The Committee's bipartisan Report found that Russia's goal in its unprecedented hack-and-leak operation against the United States in 2016, among other motives, was to assist the Trump Campaign. Candidate Trump and his Campaign responded to that threat by embracing, encouraging, and exploiting the Russian effort. Trump solicited inside information in advance of WikiLeaks's· expected releases of stolen information, even after public reports widely attributed the activity to Russia, so as to maximize his electoral benefit. The Campaign crafted a strategy around these anticipated releases to amplify the dissemination and promotion of the stolen documents. Even after the US. government formally announced the hack-and-leak campaign as a Russian government effort, Trump's embrace of the stolen documents and his efforts to minimize the attribution to Russia only continued. The Committee's Report clearly shows that Trump and his Campaign were not mere bystanders in this attack - they were active participants. They coordinated their activities with the releases of the hacked Russian data, magnified the effects of a known Russian campaign, and welcomed the mutual benefit from the Russian activity.
...
Nevertheless, the facts above, which are further examined in the Committee's bipartisan Report, clearly show that what did happen between Russia and the Trump Campaign in 2016 is far worse than has been publicly revealed thus far. Furthermore, in nearly 1,000 pages of text, we are not aware of a single case where the information that is redacted makes the conduct of Trump or his associates less concerning. To the contrary, across the Report's most critical sections, the redacted information makes the already alarming public findings even more granular, explicit, and concerning.
...
It is our conclusion, based on the facts detailed in the Committee's Report, that the Russian intelligence services' assault on the integrity of the 2016 U.S. electoral process and Trump and his associates' participation in and enabling of this Russian activity, represents one of the single most grave counterintelligence threats to American national security in the modem era.
 
2020-08-20 8:25:35 PM  

snowjack: snowjack: Resin33: It offered some core facts-but mis-synthesized them because it was missing information. I'll add it here.

Ok, then I don't need to read your thread how the report proves anything if you are just going to throw in missing information to conform to your narrative. It is like reading a Qanon thread.

I was thinking the same thing. I mean, maybe he's right, and maybe he ain't, but I didn't see any citations, and he's just a writer. It's not like he has any national security or foreign intelligence analysis background.

In short: his blog sucks, read the SSIS intro, nothing else is conclusive at this point. That being said, we all have a pretty good idea that Putin owns Hair Furor, and there was definitely some kind of collusion going on.

s/SSIS/SSCI/


Careful, you'll open the chamber of secrets.
 
2020-08-20 8:26:58 PM  
Hoping the headline is tongue in cheek. The only place collusion exists as a federal crime is inside Trump's head. He changes the narrative and the little turd lights follow. Fraud, lying to federal investigators, conspiring w/ foreign agents, obstruction (that one is a keeper) and I'll stop there.

/ Don't be a turd light nor a turd light amplifier, subby.
// Stamp out the poo instead.
 
2020-08-20 8:29:08 PM  

lolmao500: Mugato: Weirdest game of Civilization ever.

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Where are exploding IEDs when you need them? A world without Putin and the saudi royal family would be a better world.


Are, are there non-exploding IEDs?

By design, I mean?

/ducks
 
2020-08-20 8:49:51 PM  
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/everything old is new again
 
2020-08-20 8:51:43 PM  

NathanAllen: I love the term "get whole with," it's so much fancier than accepted bribes from foreign agents and the deed is due.


I was seeing it more as "I got caught embezzling from my boss, and my boss is a Russian mobster" kind of thing.
 
2020-08-20 10:12:15 PM  
This is my shocked face
 
2020-08-20 10:16:40 PM  

snowjack: Resin33: It offered some core facts-but mis-synthesized them because it was missing information. I'll add it here.

Ok, then I don't need to read your thread how the report proves anything if you are just going to throw in missing information to conform to your narrative. It is like reading a Qanon thread.

I was thinking the same thing. I mean, maybe he's right, and maybe he ain't, but I didn't see any citations, and he's just a writer. It's not like he has any national security or foreign intelligence analysis background.

In short: his blog sucks, read the SSIS intro, nothing else is conclusive at this point. That being said, we all have a pretty good idea that Putin owns Hair Furor, and there was definitely some kind of collusion going on.


The sources are major media reporting pieces.  He cites them in some of his other threads, but doesn't have time to on twitter -- most of the information he adds in this thread is in his second book, which is exhaustively cited and independently fact-checked.  Here's an example of him citing his work in a Trump/China collusion thread.  Twitter is a pretty shiatty platform for citing everything you say, and he knows that, which is why he wrote some damn books.  He just uses twitter to contextualize new events and new reporting atop the existing research base and promote said research.  (The second book that the Fark link's thread refers to was available for $2 for a week or so but you missed the window.)

I bought what you guys were saying about him just being some guy with a blog for years, until over the past year scandal after scandal hit major news that he had reported literal years earlier.  Not in a scattershot all-the-guesses-and-one-pans-out way, but in specific ways that cite the exact older articles he's cited as evidence for all this.  All he's doing is collating unrelated major-media news stories into a larger picture.  He's not doing much speculation -- he's saying "the evidence is RIGHT FARKING HERE, the news just isn't getting off its asses and looking at it because 'Not Investigated Here' or 'the moment's passed' or 'Bill Barr said it didn't happen and we just believed him'".
 
2020-08-20 10:44:51 PM  

Mikey1969: dodecahedron: But what you don't get is a working link.

Why does this guy


Insist on reporting only

Thru Twitter,

Even when he

Has a story long enough

To post in a readable

Traditional

Format?


I was going to write up a summary of all the reports for Tumblr, where you can post longer formats.

Not sure that there would be much point for people out of high school now, though--clearly I missed some key contexts to at least one or two of them...
 
2020-08-20 10:56:57 PM  

snowjack: Toward the end of the SSCI vol 5, there are some interesting tidbits that show just how disconnected from reality the Republicans are. I mean, I guess it depends what their definition of collusion is, but I think the Republicans might need to check with Merriam-Webster again on that one.

In the section titled, "ADDITIONAL VIEWS OF SENATORS RISCH, RUBIO, BLUNT, COTTON, CORNYN, AND SASSE":

Volume 5 exhaustively reviews the counterintelligence threats and vulnerabilities to the 2016 election, but never explicitly states the critical fact: the Committee found no evidence that then-candidate Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russian government in its efforts to meddle in the election.
...
Volume 5 is an important contribution to the historical record from which historians will someday draw. As is evident to those who read all five volumes of the Committee's report, the Russian government inappropriately meddled in our 2016 general election in many ways but then-Candidate Trump was not complicit. After more than three years of investigation by this Committee, we can now say with no doubt, there was no collusion.

Then from the section titled, "ADDITIONAL VIEWS OF SENATORS HEINRICH, FEINSTEIN, WYDEN, HARRIS, AND BENNET":

The Committee's bipartisan Report unambiguously shows that members of the Trump Campaign cooperated with Russian efforts to get Trump elected. It recounts efforts by Trump and his team to obtain dirt on their opponent from operatives acting on behalf of the Russian government. It reveals the extraordinary lengths by which Trump and his associates actively_sought to enable the Russian interference operation by amplifying its electoral impact and rewarding its perpetrators - even after being warned of its Russian origins. And it presents, for the first time, concerning evidence that the head of the Trump Campaign was directly connected to the Russian meddling through his communications with an individual found to be a Russian intelligence of ...


I've been giving myself a refresher course on 18th century America, the Founding Fathers, Revolution, Congress etc and it was very clear back then, when you caught a spy you hanged them. I wonder when that changed?
 
2020-08-20 10:59:19 PM  

BlastYoBoots: snowjack: Resin33: It offered some core facts-but mis-synthesized them because it was missing information. I'll add it here.

Ok, then I don't need to read your thread how the report proves anything if you are just going to throw in missing information to conform to your narrative. It is like reading a Qanon thread.

I was thinking the same thing. I mean, maybe he's right, and maybe he ain't, but I didn't see any citations, and he's just a writer. It's not like he has any national security or foreign intelligence analysis background.

In short: his blog sucks, read the SSIS intro, nothing else is conclusive at this point. That being said, we all have a pretty good idea that Putin owns Hair Furor, and there was definitely some kind of collusion going on.

The sources are major media reporting pieces.  He cites them in some of his other threads, but doesn't have time to on twitter -- most of the information he adds in this thread is in his second book, which is exhaustively cited and independently fact-checked.  Here's an example of him citing his work in a Trump/China collusion thread.  Twitter is a pretty shiatty platform for citing everything you say, and he knows that, which is why he wrote some damn books.  He just uses twitter to contextualize new events and new reporting atop the existing research base and promote said research.  (The second book that the Fark link's thread refers to was available for $2 for a week or so but you missed the window.)

I bought what you guys were saying about him just being some guy with a blog for years, until over the past year scandal after scandal hit major news that he had reported literal years earlier.  Not in a scattershot all-the-guesses-and-one-pans-out way, but in specific ways that cite the exact older articles he's cited as evidence for all this.  All he's doing is collating unrelated major-media news stories into a larger picture.  He's not doing much speculation -- he's saying "the evidence is RIGHT FARKING HERE, th ...


Hey Seth! Welcome to Fark.
 
2020-08-20 11:10:14 PM  
 
2020-08-20 11:33:23 PM  

snowjack: A fictional flare in the political world might seem like a danger, especially in the age of skepticism about empirical forms like journalism and science. But it's a virtue that good threads, even while citing gold-standard reporting, are shot through with imagination and irony, not just fact-finding. They aim to raise questions. Dot-connecting and hypothesis-more than bromides-are their strong suits. "I am neither saying I *know* this is true or even that I necessarily *believe* this is true" is how Abramson framed a recent thread.


Yes.  He framed it that way because given how monumentally, universally corrupt the Trump Administration has already BEEN PROVEN TO BE, we should not give coincidences with them the benefit of the doubt, and should at least ASK if each move has a shiatty hidden motive.  We do this all the time on Fark, and so far we've stumbled across honest moves by the Trump Administration a whole lot less often than corrupt ones!

Here is the context of the statement you've bolded.  He's saying that he does not necessarily believe that Russia has explicitly threatened Trump with kompromat it has on him, BUT THAT COUNTERINTELLIGENCE INVESTIGATORS MUST LOOK INTO IT as there are enough indications that to NOT investigate it would be a lack of due diligence.  What exactly do you disagree with there?

snowjack: However, he is also prone to take leaps of inference and states things still unproven with certainty-a habit that led his critics to label him a conspiracy theorist. "Metamodernism is an evolution of postmodernism," Abramson tells Observer. "It comes from people who acknowledge how terrible and fractured everything and everyone is but also see the Internet as a place of boundless self-creation and unfettered problem-solving. People who view strictly defined labels as obsolete. To be a metamodernist is to abandon thinking in polarities." Metamodernism is a framework that celebrates erasing boundaries and treats blurring reality as a creative force.


Again, the context of the very next sentence:  "Metamodernism is a framework that celebrates erasing boundaries and treats blurring reality as a creative force. Abramson points out that Trump as a candidate was able to improvise and harness the power of media, including memes and Reddit threads, by saying things intended to provoke virality. This form of speech resonated in a world that is increasingly peer-to-peer and that rejects smugness and inauthenticity. [...] Abramson's feed isn't a panacea, but it is sincere in what it seeks to accomplish: to provide a way for people to make sense of a generational event, when the traditional tools for understanding have failed, and to use the tools of metamodernism to combat the first metamodern president."  When the Trump administration does something, he sensationally points out the worst take... because the wrongdoing has been so prolific that the worst take MUST BE INVESTIGATED, if not outright expected to have a good dice-roll chance of being true, and the media needs to be pointing that out to drive the narrative in the right direction.  You can't have careful, timid benefit-of-the-doubt assumptions on one side and HYPERBOLIC LIES from the right wing in the same platform, given equal airtime, and expect the timid shiat not to get shouted down and conclusions delayed past the point that anyone can do anything to combat them.

If you want JUST raw facts from him, without the sensational moment-to-moment reactions, that's what he's selling in his books that have a source footnote every sentence or two.

GOD DAMNIT I sound like a Seth Abramson alt don't I.  SHIAT.  I've been binging the Pol tab too much.
 
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